Creating Accessible Documents

When a document you created is added into Blackboard or into a web page, that document should be accessible to all users, as this is a solid universal design principle.

Universal design assists not only those who have a disability, but also English language learners, students who work in a loud environment, and detail-oriented learners who want to verify their understanding of course content is perfect.

This web page provides you with tips and resources so you can learn to create accessible Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents.

Your training options include viewing how-to videos, using a step-by-step manual, or you may email us to request in-person training.

Are You a Faculty Member or TA?

Teaching and Learning Technologies offers formatting assistance for one class of your choosing for FREE.  We will assist you by completing the initial formatting steps for all of the documents used in one of your courses and train you to do the same, using whatever training method works best for you and your schedule in addition to offering this web page of resources. Then you will be ready to make all of your other courses' content accessible too.

Submit your request for assistance.

Microsoft Word

Self-Check your Microsoft Word Formatting

Formatting Microsoft Word Manual

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Self-Check your PDF formatting

Formatting PDF Manual

Microsoft PowerPoint

Step-by-Step training videos coming soon.

Self-Check your PowerPoint formatting

Formatting PowerPoint manual

Feedback and Suggestions Welcome!

Tell us which type of documents you submitted for formatting, suggest information you would like to see here, or give updates on how this has made a difference for you and your work by filling out this brief form.

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